Hillary Presses Reform in N. Korea

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the US-China People-to-People Exchange at the National Museum in Beijing on May 4, 2012.  China said that blind activist Chen Guangcheng can apply to study abroad, offering a possible resolution to a crisis that erupted when he escaped house arrest and fled to the US embassy. The apparent concession came after Chen said he was in "great danger" and urged China's government to honour guarantees on his safety, and after he phoned US lawmakers in a dramatic appeal for help to leave the country.    AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON        (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/GettyImages)

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    It’s time for a change of heart in North Korea, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday in prepared remarks for her final meeting in Beijing. Stressing areas where the two countries can cooperate even as they tussle over the status of activist Chen Guangcheng, Clinton said the “new leadership in Pyongyang still has the opportunity to change course and put their people first.” China has a role to play in nudging the reclusive country into the international sphere, Clinton said, especially in pressuring the country to abandon its nuclear ambitions. The United States can work with the leaders of North Korea if they focus on “feeding and educating their citizens,” Clinton said.

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